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    Catastrophe Looms in New Bloodshot Miniseries

    A lot of comics come out each week on New Comic Book Day. Some are good, some are bad, and some are worse. Here are a few of our favorites from this week’s new comic book releases. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

    Deadpool #21
    By: Gerry Duggan, Scott Koblish, Ian Doescher

    Holy Tacos! More pages?! That’s right true believers, this is not an ordinary Deadpool comic. This 60 page issue contains two stories! The first, written by Gerry Duggan, unveils Wilson’s great Christmas spirit. Also, Bob and Emily Preston make a nice cameo and Mad Cap stirs the plot for further issues. The writing team for this issue has definitely made this Deadpool more like Ryan Reynolds, and I love it!!

    The second story throws you a huge curve ball by writing in iambic pentameter. For Shakespeare fans this is great, and a fun task for avid readers of Deadpool. Ian Doescher (Of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars fame) still maintains The Merc with the Mouth’s exorbitant humor. While adding a sophisticated spin to it. I give this issue 10/10 Chimichangas, so be sure to pick up your issue today! [Darcey M. at Universal City Walk TFAW]

    GIVE INTO DEADPOOL, AND CHIMICHANGAS!

    Bloodshot USA #1
    By: Jeff Lemire, Doug Braithwaite, Kano

    Bloodshot is a super-soldier. Imbued with nanites that regenerate any and all damaged cells, blood, and bone. This also allows him to impersonate others and enabling him to interface with machinery. Once controlled by the programming of Project Rising Spirit, an elite and shadowy governmental organization, Bloodshot was their enhanced operative.

    Bloodshot USA jumps right into the action as those very same nanites have been weaponized, and now spread like a virus, infecting the populace of New York. Enter Unity, the supergroup of heroes who act as Earth’s protectors.

    Can even the great Unity do anything to stop this outbreak? When a few of the members fall victim to the virus, the prospects look weak for stemming the tide. Splendid art, and well-paced storytelling keep this one moving, and as a longtime fan of the series, I am entirely on for this ride! [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    JUMP INTO BLOODSHOT BEFORE HE HITS THE BIG SCREEN

    Hellblazer #3
    By: Simon Oliver, Moritat

    John Bloody Constantine, is there any other way to say his name? Hellblazer #3 delves into what’s been hunting John as Swap Thing searches for clues as to where his love, Abby, went. Something dark, ancient, and angry is hunting our heroes.

    Simon Oliver did a great job with this issue, ensuring that if you haven’t read the previous two Rebirth issues so far, you can jump in here and be fine. Moritat and Andre Szymanowicz work well together on the art, giving us different worlds when highlighting the various environments we see in this issue.

    It’s always exciting when John is at his wits end with an unknown enemy–that’s also when he preforms best! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    FALL INTO THE WORLD OF DC’S DARK ARTS WITH HELLBLAZER

    What did you think of these books? Are you excited that the Bloodshot movie is in production? Join the conversation and let us know below!

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    Between the Occult and the Detective

    Between the Occult and the Detective

    There are two comic themes that when combined can make for enthralling reading — detectives/private eyes and magic. This coupling of sleuthing and the supernatural (including religion, the occult, sorcery and more) is pervasive in comics and the noir characteristics just heighten the thrills.

    hellblazerAnd no one fits that bill better than the Hellblazer himself, John Constantine. Created originally in Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing in 1985, it wasn’t until 1988 when Hellblazer #1 hit the stands. Ever since, John has been working his magic in comics, on film in the Constantine movie, and in the short-lived and underrated Constantine television show. He’s  also part of pop culture in general (the Supernatural TV series borrows heavily from John Constantine for Castiel’s character).

    With 30-plus years of this character’s history, it can be daunting to know where to start. A good entry point is a graphic novel. Surprisingly, it’s not the  first volume — John Constantine, Hellblazer: Original Sins, but the fifth volume: Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits. Written by longtime Hellblazer writer Garth Ennis, this volume actually inspired parts of the 2005 Constantine movie.

    The story is pretty simple — John’s dying. All those cigarettes have caused an advanced terminal lung cancer. Knowing that his soul is damned and Hell is ready for him, John moves to cure his disease and save himself. What happens after he sets down this course is truly amazing.

    Another must read Hellblazer arc was created by celebrated crime novelist, Ian Rankin, for Vertigo’s crime imprint called Dark Entries in 2009. This was the first Original Graphic Novel (also called an OGN), meaning it was never released as single issues. The plot involves John trying to figure out why a house on a reality TV program is haunted. Of course, he can’t stop production, so he joins the series and starts to unravel the mystery.

    One of the big draws is the inclusion of religion within the series. It’s not just focused on Christianity. Voodoo magic is used regularly not only by Constantine, but his frenemy Papa Midnight. Although Catholicism is most prominent, the series never ignores the idea of other religions in the world.

    Look Overseas for Great Horror Comics

    Hellblazer isn’t the only series to blend magic and religion. Around the same time, Italian writer Tiziano Sclavi was introducing the world to Dylan Dog. A self-proclaimed Nightmare Investigator, Dylan, unlike John Constantine, was likeable. By 2011, Dylan Dog reached 300 issues, but only a handful made it to the United States.

    Dylan’s occult interactions mainly revolve around the classic monsters like vampires, werewolves, and zombies. Although, demons have crossed paths with him a few times.

    Many were first introduced to this character in the Dylan Dog Case Files from Dark Horse Comics. This graphic novel featured selected stories that were translated and released just prior to the Dylan Dog: Dead of Night film that starred Brandon Routh. The Dylan Dog Case Files is a great compilation of stories from the Italian series, but up until September 2016 it was the only source of Dylan Dog stories available in the U.S. Now, new stories are starting to come out from Epicenter Comics. Reportedly, there will also be reprints of past stories.

    How to Steal a Ghost

    ghostedAnother series that blends crime and the occult is Joshua Williamson’s Ghosted. Williamson is currently heading up The Flash series in DC’s Rebirth, and it’s been great.

    Ghosted, published by Image Comics, is further evidence that Williamson is the real deal. The series follows one of the world’s greatest thieves as he’s pulled into the world of the occult. He’s broken out of prison and offered the chance to steal something no one else has — a ghost.

    Think equal parts Ocean’s 11 and The Shining. Things are never as they seem, and our hero has to rely on more than his wits to get out of this situation. Pulling together a team of experts to help him steal this ghost, he assembles a psychic, an occult historian, a tech guy to record the ghost, and a skeptic. Overall, if you want to add a little heist into your horror, Ghosted is for you.

    Don’t Fear, The Slayer is Here

    buffyWho could really forget about the hit television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Buffy hunts vampires, but her adventures go WAY further than that including her best friend going into full-witch mode on her!

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is Buffy Summers, the chosen one in a long line of young women destined to battle evil forces. She becomes “The Slayer” giving her increased physical strength, endurance, agility, accelerated healing, intuition, and a limited degree of clairvoyance. Buffy receives guidance from her Watcher, Giles, whose job is to train and assist the Slayers. Then it gets more complicated.

    But when the TV show ended, the fun didn’t. After the official comic book continuation of the series in Buffy Season 8, 9, and 10, we’re poised to jump into Buffy Season 11 in November 2016. Unencumbered by network television show budgets, this comic has gone to some great heights in recent years.

    The World’s Greatest Paranormal Investigator

    hellboyHellboy is one of the longest running, most widely celebrated horror series. With hundreds of issues and dozens of spinoffs, Mike Mignola has done something really amazing with this series by creating a new universe.

    Aside from DC and Marvel, there really aren’t a lot of big universes in comics, especially ones that walk that horror/mystery line so well. Hellboy or the “Mignola-verse” is a rich tapestry that features a variety of complex characters set a world that draws on centuries of folk-tales, yarns, and fables.

    Hellboy remains one of the few series that begs you to re-read the stories regularly. It’s great for curling up with during inclement weather or when you find yourself with an extended weekend.

    There are plenty of other occult and horror comics that split their genre with detective and noir storytelling. What are some of your favorites? Let us know below.

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    Post-Killing Joke: DC’s Next Animated Film – Justice League Dark

    If you’re any sort of fan of DC Comics, then you’ve heard of the Justice League, but did you know that there’s another league in the DC universe? One that handles weird and supernatural situations that the more visible Justice League can’t? Of course I’m talking about Justice League Dark, or JLD, featuring John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, The Changing Man, Shade, Swamp Thing and Zatanna. First introduced in Justice League Dark #1 back in November 2011, JLD brings a much needed sense of the eerie and mysterious to the DC world.

    With the recent release of the animated Batman: The Killing Joke on DVD/Bluray, Warner Bros. animation announced that its next project would be none other than Justice League Dark, releasing a dynamite eight minute sneak peak at San Diego Comic Con 2016:

    If you haven’t heard of Justice League Dark or its individual members that’s ok, because I’m going to take this opportunity to introduce some of the team.

    John Constantine:
    A Magician originally appearing in Allan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing, he grew out into his own Vertigo series Hellblazer. Lasting for 300 issues from 1988 to 2013. Then John joined the DC universe with the New 52 and has been there ever since.

    Sorcerer, con-man, stage act, asshole. John is a lot of things, but what has kept him around for so long is his mischievous, manipulating ways. Reading his stories, you feel for him when he’s in danger, but know this: He ALWAYS has a way out.

    Swamp Thing:
    Debuting in House of Secrets 1979. It has had various incantations, such as (the original) Alex Olsen, Allan Hallman, and Aaron Hayley. The most well known and longest lasting person to take on the mantle is Alec Holland.

    Swamp Thing has the ability to control any plant life, native or extraterrestrial. Along with controlling it, he can also travel by the plants getting from one spot on earth to another in a matter of seconds. If wounded he is able to regrow parts to heal.

    Zatanna

    Zatanna:
    A stage illusionist, and magician. Zatanna first appearing in 1964’s Hawkman series, over the years has appared in several DC books including Detective Comics, Seven Soldiers Of Victory, Vertigo’s Hellblazer series and even Neil Gaiman’s The Books of Magic.

    Being one of the most gifted Sorcoress’ in the DCU. Zatanna has the ability to control elements, conduct energy based attacks. Even heal. Most of the time she has been limited to conducting spells if she cannot speak them. In some cases she has been able to write a spell down to cast it, or in rarer occasions cast with doing either.

    Deadman:
    AKA Boston Brand, first appearing in Strange Adventures in 1967. Brand was a trapeze artist kill during a performance by The Hook. His powers were granted to him by the Hindu Goddess “Rama Kushna” in order for him to obtain justice.

    Deadman is in all context dead, he is a ghost. What he can do is posses living creatures but is limited by their physical limitations. So say he possessed you or I, he couldn’t fly, but if he possessed Superman, he could. Deadman also has the ability to pass through any object, and has the ability to travel to both the land of the living and the dead.

    Ready to rock ‘n roll with Justice League Dark?

    After the success of Batman: The Killing Joke, I’m definitely eager to see what Warner Bros. does with the colorful cast of Justice League Dark. If thi animated feature does well on the small screen, along with Doctor Strange in the theater, perhaps we’ll see that live action Justice League Dark Guillermo del Toro spoke of years ago?

    Catch up on the entire Justice League Dark story here at TFAW.

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    SDCC ’10: Vertigo Comics Panel

    Coverage From San Diego Comic-Con 2010

    Some of Vertigo’s hottest talent talk about their current and upcoming projects. Chris Roberson talks about I, Zombie, Scott Snyder dishes on American Vampire, and Joshua Dysart discusses the end of Unknown Soldier. Jeff Lemire talks about Sweet Tooth, Matt Kindt tells us about Revolver, Fabio Moon asks us what we remember from Daytripper, Shelly Bond announces an exciting turn for Hellblazer‘s John Constantine, and Bill Willingham talks about a very special Fables #100.

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